Blue Daisy // In Short

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Are you going to argue with a North London rapper who swears he is ‘darker than blue arisen from the sewage, rodent mentality, birthed to the gutter, raised up out of the ruins’? I didn’t think so.

And that’s wise. Because when Blue Daisy – aka vocalist, musician and producer Kwesi Darko – talks, people should listen. So far, plenty of people have got that message. Just watch when Darko decides to spontaneously perform a taster of his great new R&S Records album in the middle of a London street, guerilla rap-style. He even got a fire engine to supply the lightshow. The proof is in this hardcore pudding:

But Darko’s hardly a newcomer. He’s already released a steady stream of high-calibre tracks over the past few years, and is renowned for his unpredictable and unhinged live shows. Now, he has a new album out on the esteemed R&S Records on Friday (September 25th) and to celebrate he’s playing a free party at Birthdays in Dalston tomorrow night (September 23rd). If you’re lucky, you’ll catch some flashing lights as well.

Darko has certainly picked up some tricks along the way, opening for Public Enemy and working with Tricky. And like those cats, he’s developed his own voice, distilling his personal experiences into a cinematic meditation on heaven and earth, good and evil. Wrestling with his demons has clearly made Darko a better musician as he plumbs the depths of his sleepless nights and loss of faith, while mixing up his styles – from brooding hip-hop to his oddball punk blues, like on his immense Bad Seeds-inspired tune Gravediggers.

Don’t take our word for it. Go see for yourselves. But while you are killing some time before tomorrow’s gig, check out how Darko answered our tough questions, talking about his time working at the Olympic Park, watching Vinnie Jones sip a Guinness at gunpoint and his love of Gil Scott-Heron.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Judge For Yourself

My favourite film ever is…
Snatch

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Julie Adenuga

The song I hate the most is…
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Working at the Olympic Park when it started getting built – the weather was always shit!

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Blue Daisy and the Wailers

My favourite word is…
MUD TENG!

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Flying without wings

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
In an under-passage somewhere in the Baltic region

I think you should listen to…
Connie Constance

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Gil Scott-Heron

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Blue Daisy plays a free album launch party at Birthdays on September 23th.

Darker Than Blue is out on September 25th on R&S Records